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Here's why you want to study Chemistry of Life at the UvA and VU

Broad curriculum with room for choice

The programme consists of one compulsory course, a constrained set of core courses, and free choice elective courses, as well as a research project and a literature study.

Chemistry related to living systems

Highly valued-perspective on the role of chemistry in life.

Practical experience

Practical experience and interaction with experts in the field.

Chemistry meets Biology

Integration of the study of chemistry and biology, although its core is still chemistry-focused. Courses cover how chemical knowledge can enrich biological studies.

Chemistry of Life will suit you, if you...

  1. Have a solid background in chemistry.
  2. Are eager to expand your knowledge and skills in the area of biochemistry.
  3. Want the advantages of a small-scale programme, where students and staff all know each other.

Track list

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Chemistry of Life is a track in the Master's programme Chemistry, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate to graduates. As a Chemistry student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Chemistry
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
CROHO code
UvA Science Park and VU Campus